CHARLIE MITCHELL: Schools and slush funds could be topics this session

It will be a short session, only 90 days. Mississippi lawmakers will be back home while the azaleas are still in bloom, at least in some parts of the state.

What will make headlines? No one every really knows for sure, but K-12 education is a safe bet. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, says he wants to talk about campaign finance reform a bit more, too.

Three months ago, legislative leaders signed a contract (which wasn’t secret, then it was, then it wasn’t again) with EdBuild, a new consulting firm that studies school funding methodologies.

The gist is that the leadership wants to explore alternatives to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program’s formula, set into law 20 years ago and provided with full funding only twice.

Daily Journal
1/3/17